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July 2019 Alumni News

Weinan Zhao published a new article in volume 141 of Computers & Education. The article is titled “Can playing a video game foster computational thinking skills?” and was written with Valerie Shute, Mack and Effie Campbell Tyner Endowed Professor of Education in the Educational Psychology and Learning Systems.

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Early Literacy Skills: How Kindergarten Teachers Help Kids

Ultimately, her research hopes to improve how teachers can serve their students and improve literacy. This new research looks at how kindergarten teachers support students while they are writing to build spelling skills that are critical for later reading and writing success. They hope that their work adds to the currently limited data on how teachers support their student’s early writing skills through scaffolding.

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The Retirement of Pfeiffer, Tenenbaum and Darabi

Retirements are always bitter-sweet. On one hand, we get to honor a lifetime of work and the important careers of two individuals. On the other, we say goodbye to three Florida State faculty members who made a huge impact on the College of Education. Dr. Steven Pfeiffer, Dr. Gershon Tenenbaum and Dr. Aubteen Darabi retire this month, and we wanted to take a moment to highlight some of their accomplishments during their long and storied careers.

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FSU Talks at AERA 2019

The annual American Educational Research Association offers a great way for faculty members and students to share ideas and their latest research. This year's conference, which takes place April 5 - April 9 in Toronto, asks participants to consider what it means to live in a "post-truth" era.

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Using New Research to Support College Students with Autism

When you think about supports for students with autism, programs and services at the Pre-K – 12 level usually come to mind. But what happens when these students graduate high school and enroll in college?

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How Augmented Reality May Help Students with Autism

Autism research has long been a topic of interest for faculty and students at Florida State’s College of Education. With the introduction of our Autism Spectrum Disorder graduate program, we know that there is even more interest in what our faculty are researching and how autism specialists can better serve their charges. Today, we are spotlighting the current autism research of Dr. Jenny Root, assistant professor of Special Education.

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FSU Great Give: Improving the College of Education

When you get a group of people together who share a common interest, amazing things can happen. The Florida State community learns this lesson every year during the Great Give event. Last year, the university raised over $400,0000 to support projects across campus.

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Picking Brackets with the Experts: Bracketology Science

March Madness is upon us. Even if you are not a fan of basketball, chances are you might still end up filling out a tournament bracket. After all, the art of filling out an NCAA Tournament bracket has become a cultural moment—and big business.

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Breaking down bullying: FSU College of Education Research

Forget what you’ve heard about mean girls; new research from Florida State University finds girls are far more likely than boys to notice instances of bullying and interpret them as emergencies.

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Entrepreneurs in Education: Alumni on the Seminole 100 List

It is an easy assumption to make that graduates from a college of education go on to be educators. However, our alumni from the Florida State College of Education enter the workforce in a variety of ways, equipped with the skills and passion gained during their time here.

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Entrepreneurs in Education: Alumni on the Seminole 100 List

It is an easy assumption to make that graduates from a college of education go on to be educators. However, our alumni from the Florida State College of Education enter the workforce in a variety of ways, equipped with the skills and passion gained during their time here.

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A Century of Advocacy: Celebrating Margaret K. Lewis

Lewis graduated in 1939 from what was then known as the Florida State College for Women. She went on to become a special education teacher in Panama City, advocating for students with special needs who were traditionally barred from attending public schools and kept out of public view. She was firm in her belief that all students had a right to a good education and fought tirelessly to ensure just that.

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Starting a Doctoral Program: Advice for Future Students

Starting a doctoral program can be daunting. But fear not there are lots of people who have been in your shoes with plenty of helpful tips to ease you into the transition. We asked current Higher Education doctoral student, Allison Peters, for her advice to future students looking to pursue a doctoral degree:

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Four Reasons for Teachers to get a Master’s Degree

Teachers, we know what you’re probably thinking. On top of teaching every day, a huge stack of assignments to grade, and lesson planning to do, completing a master’s program is probably the last thing on your mind, but we’ve got four good reasons why it should be at the top of your list. Getting a master’s degree as a teacher can be difficult, but the rewards are more than worth it.

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International Education at FSU: Celebrating Diversity

Every year, International Education Week highlights the accomplishments of students and education programs that seek to build a global community. At Florida State’s College of Education, our international students bring unique experiences and diverse voices to enrich our classrooms. We have students from all over the world with more than 50 countries represented, including South Korea, China, Turkey, Canada, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Australia, and India, to name a few.

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Learning Design & Performance Technology: Evolution of ISLT

It’s not a stretch to say that Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies (ISLT) was born and forged at Florida State. What started in the 1960s as a minor in Educational Research, known as computer-assisted instruction (CAI), became one of the world’s first Instructional Systems programs in 1972. Now, a little more than 40 years later, ISLT offers a new major: Learning Design and Performance Technology.

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A Better Back to School: How to Thrive in Fall 2018

Whether this is your first semester at Florida State University or you have graduation in sight, back to school is an exciting time. Even if you are an “old pro” when it comes to being a college student, the start of every semester can still feel exciting and even overwhelming at times. But fear not! We’ve put together some tips on how to make your back to school transition go smoothly. 

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Teaching and Learning

Faculty and student scholars from across the College of Education at Florida State University are conducting research addressing the theme of “Teaching and Learning.” Topics covered include how to improve teaching and teachers at both the K-12 and college levels, faculty-student interaction, teachers’ professional development, teaching strategies for different domains, student motivation, models of formative assessment, and learning strategies. Their work on these issues may affect teachers, students, and the institutions they belong to in the U.S. and around the world. Read on to learn more about our latest publications on these topics.

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2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards Spotlight, Part 2

The Florida State University College of Education's Distinguished Alumni Awards honor the best of our graduates. Part two of our series spotlights Patricia Clements, who won the Government and Community Service Award, Cay Holbrook, who won the Postsecondary Systems Award, and Janet Pilcher, who won the Business & Industry Award.

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How STEM Education Helps Humanity Reach the Stars

The February 6 launch of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy 'the most powerful operational rocket in the world' is one for the history books. The enormous rocket, which measures 70 meters and can carry 64 metric tons into space, launched Elon Musk's personal Tesla roadster into space while blasting the late David Bowie's iconic Life on Mars? To a casual observer, the rocket looked like something out of a science fiction movie, particularly when the pair of enormous booster rockets guided themselves back to Earth and landed gracefully in unison.

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2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards Spotlight, Part 1

Every year, Florida State University’s College of Education spotlights extraordinary alumni during the Distinguished Alumni Awards. For more than 25 years, the College of Education has given out a number of awards to recognize work done in a number of fields. This year, the College gave out six awards across five categories, including K-12 Education, Business & Industry, Government and Community Service, Postsecondary Success, and the Trailblazer Award.

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Learning Evolved: Online Master's Degree

For those of us who lived through Y2K, it’s almost funny to reflect on the tension and fear leading up to the New Year. When the clocks hit midnight on December 31, we were warned that computers would go haywire, data would disappear, and life as we know it would come to a standstill. Of course, the world didn’t end, but in a lot of ways, 2000 marked the beginning of a massive change. The internet revolutionized industry, new technology expanded the job market, and virtually every aspect of our society—including education—changed as the Information Age began­ in earnest.

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What Can You Do with a Teaching Degree (Besides Teaching)?

Not everyone who goes to college knows what they want to do with the rest of their lives. Most people can agree on that idea. What most people don’t as often acknowledge is that not everyone who completes college knows what they want to do afterwards. For some people, a degree is a stepping stone into a career; for others, it’s the beginning of a life journey. Either path is okay (as long as you’re happy!).

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Autism Awareness Month at FSU's College of Education

One in 68 children born in the United States are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The diagnosis rate has increased over the years, prompting researchers to investigate ASD. FSU's College of Education faculty have joined the research efforts and have added valuable insight into the debate over the years. As part of Autism Awareness month, we're looking at some of this ongoing autism research happening in the College of Education.

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